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February 14, 2005

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Kevin Baker

I'm quite aware of what image it was you were pushing. The point I think you missed was that you weren't able to find an example of that image in the media that wasn't a law-enforcement officer. The only "reluctant enforcer" image I can bring to mind was "Quai Chang Kain" from Kung Fu - and he disdained firearms as a defensive weapon.

In almost every episode.

I'm completely with you on the demonization of law enforcement officers. My problem with the "agents of the State" is that so much of the public believes that only they are qualified to be armed.

I don't believe that we will be able to defeat the "decades-long slow-motion hate crime" that the media has been prosecuting against gun owners and gun ownership, but we can ameliorate it. Honestly, I think it's a pipe-dream to believe that we will significantly increase the proportion of the population that are gun owners. But it is critical that we stop the decline.

Finally, when it comes to "speaking in erudite, sensible terms about guns" - I do the best I can.

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